Items tagged with Spyware

The folks at Lookout Mobile Security released the 2011 Mobile Threat Report, which offers a sobering look at the current state of mobile threats. According to the report, mobile users are more likely than ever to experience a malware attack, and the tactics that cybercriminals are employing are increasingly sophisticated. The news is worse for Android users, as most of those threats are targeted at them. Apparently that walled garden Apple built is good for something, at least for now; the report states that although issues of privacy and application vulnerabilities affect both iOS and Android... Read more...
If you have a Symbian, BlackBerry, Windows Mobile, iOS, or Android smartphone, your phone even now could be infected with spyware. However, it might be spyware that your significant other or spouse intentionally installed on your phone. The software is ePhoneTracker. Released last week, ePhoneTracker allows users to monitor everything one on an "infected" smartphone, including the following: Every text message sent and received, including the full text ... even if the phone's logs are deleted. All incoming and outgoing call numbers along with duration and time. GPS positions captured at an variable... Read more...
If you've surfed the Internet for any length of time, chances are good that you've seen a browser window pop up with a warning that your computer is in DANGER from a whole slew of evil viruses. Such windows, if clicked on, often perform an utterly fake virus scan during which they invariably "detect" infected/contaminated files. Users are then prompted to purchase a registered copy of Antivirus 2010 in order to protect themselves. Certain versions of the program will intercept and hijack online searches, disable or refuse to install real antimalware software, and may even block users from accessing... Read more...
Thinking of using those newfound hacking skills to engage in nefarious behavior? Think again. Albert Gonzalez is a name that'll go down in hacking history, but it's not for anything positive. After being charged with stealing some 130 million credit and debit card numbers, Albert plead guilty to previous data-theft charges in New York and Massachusetts. His penalty? Aside from dealing with a stream of media coverage, he'll be forced to cough up $1.65 million in assets. Oh, and then there's a little thing called "jail time." He'll be dealing with 15 to 25 years of that, after Federal prosecutors... Read more...
There's hardly anything that gets us at HotHardware more steamed than spyware, and we can only imagine how infuriated over 100,000 BlackBerry users in the UAE are after being fooled with a spyware-infused update. In a story that's sounds too bizarre to be true (but is, in fact, true), Etisalat--a major cellular operator in the United Arab Emirates--pushed out an update to its 145,000 BlackBerry customers that actually contained spyware.The application was reportedly developed by SS8, and it promised BlackBerry users that it would improve performance. In fact, the company is still maintaining that... Read more...
After a 10-month cyber espionage investigation, researchers have found 1,295 computers in 103 countries with software that is capable of stealing information from high-profile targets such as the Dalai Lama and government agencies around the world. In the report published today by Information Warfare Monitor, a Toronto-based organization, we learn the affected computers include embassies belonging to Germany, India, Romania, and Thailand as well as the ministries of foreign affairs for Barbados, Iran, and Latvia. The infected computers acted as an illicit information-gathering network. Researchers... Read more...
Lavasoft, developer of the long-time entrant in the spyware detection arena, Ad-Aware, has released a stand-alone antivirus application. The new product, Lavasoft Anti-Virus Helix is based on technology from antivirus vendor Avira. It's interesting that Lavasoft would make this move shortly after Microsoft's announcement to drop OneCare and replace it with a simplified free product in the second half of next year. Additionally, the AV market is rather crowded, though obviously, the development of this product was long underway prior to the Microsoft announcement. Pricing is reasonable, with a 1... Read more...
A bipartisan bill to outlaw various spyware activities, that passed 395-1 when voted on in the House of Representatives in 2005, has been re-introduced by its co-sponsors Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) and Bob Goodlatte (R-VA). The bill would protect "Americans from Internet crime while not impinging on software development," Lofgren said in a statement. "Spyware has become a plague for computer users, and Congress must address the mounting negative impact that it is having on our economy. Americans should not be afraid to use the Internet." The legislation will punish "bad actors" while protecting legitimate... Read more...
Brian Krebs of the Washington Post reports that, over the past week, MySpace and other websites ran a banner advertisement that infected over a million users with spyware using a Windows security flaw. The banner ad was designed to take advantage of a serious security weakness in the way Windows renders Windows Metafile (WMF) images. The flaw was originally patched by Microsoft in January. Unpatched Internet Explorer users who visited the websites that displayed the malicious banners would become infected by a Trojan horse. The Trojan would then download and install spyware that... Read more...
As much as you may hate it, there are those who love Spyware. To be more precise, the owners of such businesses as Direct Revenue, love Spyware. While they may be raking in the money, people everywhere are spending frustrating hours trying to remove Direct Revenue's type of software from their computers. Though Congress has been trying to clamp down on the massive amounts of Spyware circulating around the net, the millions of dollars in revenue those pesky programs bring in make it hard to predict any end in sight. "This explains the vitriol aimed at Direct Revenue. The company, located in... Read more...
Adrian's Rojak Pot is known for their guides on everything from BIOS Tweaking to Voltage Mods. This weekend they've added to their list with the "Emergency Spyware Guide", which covers how to properly identify and remove the most annoying of programs. "Is your PC behaving strangely? Popping up banners all the time? Getting redirected to unknown websites? It's very likely your PC has been hit by spyware! But fret not. We have just the guide for you! Join TEB as he shows you how to get rid of spyware and stay clean!"... Read more...
Tonight, a little article from The Tech Zone appeared in the news box... Life without the Internet? Could I do it? Could you? To some degree, it would be all right. The boredom would be horrendous... and you know, no news. Actually I have gone without the internet for extended periods of time, unfortunately my cable company didn't really give me a choice. Goodnight all, enjoy the news. Coming Attraction: Intel(R) Viiv™ Technology Intel Unveils New Platform Brand for Digital Entertainment in the Home   INTEL DEVELOPER FORUM, SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 24, 2005 - A new kind of personal computer... Read more...
Hey folks, I'm a bit tired tonight so please forgive the lack of conversation as I get straight to the news. If your just checking in for the first time today, take a look at Dave's post below to see our hot new threads(100% Pre-shrunk cotton). Goodnight folks :) Aerocool Spiral Galaxies WTX Case @ Controlled-Insanity "I spent a few moments marveling at the design. While at a quick glance it might not be completely obvious the differences between this case and every other full tower case out there, if you spend a moment and focus on the case you can see many subtleties that make the visual... Read more...
Hey folks, it's that time again.  Sadly, we heard some disturbing news about Abit yesterday. The reports are there is a fair amount of financial wrong doing going on and the Taiwan authorities have stepped into the picture.  Here's the latest details so far, but we'll need to stay tuned and see how this unfolds. The 12 Stars of Samsung for 2005 @ HardwareZoom: "Here is a sneak preview of 12 Samsung hottest products which will be released in year 2005. From 56" wide screen DLP TV to the ultra compact MP3 player about the size of your thumb. Other highlight includes six compact... Read more...